alexpaynter

alexpaynter

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On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

Nikon like so many others are all about marketing and not about the product.

The Coolpix A replacement is supposedly coming out in September. I am certain that it will not have the advanced autofocus of this model. If it did it would be on my shortlist of cameras along with the Fuji X200.

Why can this shoot at such a high burst rate with AF when the D5300 cannot. Why don't all cameras have wifi these days. Surely the facility should be built into any SOC these days.

The focus ability on this camera and the burst speed are excellent. It should be available on all Nikon products.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 00:41 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (607 comments in total)

I am struggling to see why this is better than an a6000. I am assuming it has the same processor, same sensor, same autofocus etc.

It has a bulkier body which some may find easier to hold.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 09:33 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies

Why USB2? I assume it doesn't have a touch screen either. Why do manufacturers insist on leaving out features that are commonplace these days. At least it has WiFi.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 23:28 UTC as 83rd comment | 3 replies

I cannot find any mention of sensor size. Does anyone know what it is. The lens sticks out a bit so I am guessing it may be 1/2.3 inches like the Xperia Z2.

I don't really care about the looks as anything I buy will be put in a cover. The replaceable battery is a big plus for me.

I have a nexus 4 at the moment and it downloads youtube extremely slowly. Much more slowly than my old iPhone 4. Is there a reason a google product can not download another google product? I am concerned about buying another Android product.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 11:14 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
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alexpaynter: I hear many "serious" photographers who say they just want a camera with full control and no fancy features like wifi or 3G etc. They claim to be about the photography but often they are caught up in the style of a camera.

I like control over a camera but it can be done just as easily or more so through a touch screen. We
Just have to find a logical way to do this. It has been done on phones somewhat successfully. There is no reason why it can't be done here also.

Don't get me wrong. I love the Fuji X100S and I might even buy one. But what it it had a touch screen on the whole back. When you look through the viewfinder the top right could be for exposure compensation an the left for aperture. Some software could drive the touch control even if you can't see the slider or feel it. You will see te result in the viewfinder.

Put a Tegra 4 chip with wifi, GPS, 4G and a full HD IGZO screen and you are set. It might not have the beautiful form of an X100 but it would be more functional.

Also some other ideas might be touch to focus and slide to shoot. This would get rid of the shake when shooting.

Once you look aware from the viewfinder you would have the basi menu on the screen to make further adjustments.

There are so many ways to improve function and reliability (touch screens do not wear like buttons) and many of these do not require retro looks. That is Homer Simpson mentality.

Well you could set it up so that when your eye is in the viewfinder the touch screen acts like a touch pad. You dont need to see anything. Top right for Exposure compensation. Top left for aperture. Slide up to increase and down to decease.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 15:32 UTC
On CP+ 2013: Interview with Olympus' Toshi Terada article (242 comments in total)

I have made mention of this in other threads but i will bring it up again. I used to have a Canon MC camera. It was 35 mm f2.8 film but very compact.

Of course it is nice to have a zoom but many enthusiasts are now opting for fixed lenses like Fuji X100s. I know some of those photographers want a contol ring on the lens but with auto focus getting better with every generation how often will we use manual focus. And with a couple of easily accessible control dials at the finger tips the lens dial wont be missed.

Was there something intrinsically different about the Canon MC which allowed its lens to be so compact? I would really love a full size sensor without the projecting lens. Especially with a Fuji style sensor. Even though it would be a compact it doess not mean the should skimp on the lens quality.

A camera like this would be my ideal. Basically it would be a full frame X100s but more compact.

My only other gripe is that compact cameras do not have stronger built in flashes. The X100s has a guide number of 9. The canon 60d has 12. They could at least match this. I believe that with modern technology a guide number of more than 15 should be possible with a lens angle equivalent of 35 mm on a full frame.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 07:26 UTC as 59th comment
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SleepyHammer: It helps me to compare to other things in my life. Compared to guitars which are both tools and inspiration, cameras are tools. Although I do like how my sexy metal Nikon film camera feels. And in the end, it's all just objects. Stupid question.

Guitarists do not often appreciate beauty of function. At least for electric guitars. They just want to turn it up to 11. Otherwise innovative manufactures like Klein would still be in business.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2013 at 04:04 UTC

There are many kinds of beauty. Two which apply here are beauty of form and beauty of function. Maybe beauty of craftsmanship also. The Italian's have a reputation for beauty of form. The German's for beauty of function and craftsmanship.

If someone makes a 10 times zoom lens with 19 elements and someone makes the same lens with 10 elements in a package half the size with the same quality and usability I will buy the latter because there is beauty in simplicity of design. Perhaps we could call this Occam's beauty or OKcam beauty.

There is a beauty in having all buttons and switches in the right positions. There is beauty in having logical menus with icons that have meaning or with words to describe those functions.

There is also beauty in the status quo. If we accept that the Leica is beautiful then the design should incorporate the ability to change sensor and processor easily. That would make it more beautiful or perhaps elegant.

In any case this argument is quite sane in comparison to hifi.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2013 at 03:53 UTC as 39th comment

I hear many "serious" photographers who say they just want a camera with full control and no fancy features like wifi or 3G etc. They claim to be about the photography but often they are caught up in the style of a camera.

I like control over a camera but it can be done just as easily or more so through a touch screen. We
Just have to find a logical way to do this. It has been done on phones somewhat successfully. There is no reason why it can't be done here also.

Don't get me wrong. I love the Fuji X100S and I might even buy one. But what it it had a touch screen on the whole back. When you look through the viewfinder the top right could be for exposure compensation an the left for aperture. Some software could drive the touch control even if you can't see the slider or feel it. You will see te result in the viewfinder.

Put a Tegra 4 chip with wifi, GPS, 4G and a full HD IGZO screen and you are set. It might not have the beautiful form of an X100 but it would be more functional.

Also some other ideas might be touch to focus and slide to shoot. This would get rid of the shake when shooting.

Once you look aware from the viewfinder you would have the basi menu on the screen to make further adjustments.

There are so many ways to improve function and reliability (touch screens do not wear like buttons) and many of these do not require retro looks. That is Homer Simpson mentality.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2013 at 02:33 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Hands-on Fujifilm XF1 preview article (20 comments in total)

If this has the same sensor as the x10 then it is a pointless upgrade. This sensor is bettered by many cameras in the category.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 05:57 UTC as 3rd comment

There is no point going to larger format unless you want more pixels or the ability to resolve detail in lower light. This does neither.

Obviously all those photographers who take great pride in the fact that they provided feedback to Leica, have given the wrong feedback.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 05:51 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies

Does it really cost anything to leave movie mode in?

They removed it just to make the leap to the M9 justified.

Is that a second viewfinder mounted on top. Perhaps if Leica feels the centre is the best position for a viewfinder, they should put it there in the first place.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 21:20 UTC as 94th comment | 2 replies

Apple are patting themselves on the back for all this new technology and yet they have not been able to invent the lens cap yet. No camera without protection for the lens is serious.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 16:02 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
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_sem_: Apple copying oversized tablet phone form from Samsung and HTC :) :) :)
Fashion will have to adapt with bigger pockets ;)

By moving from 3:2 to 16:9 I would say that they are following most Android phones. Except that they have more pixels. I would say the Lumia 920 and Optimus G are now the exceptions.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 15:58 UTC

Apparently it is an accomplishment to make something small. Anybody can make something big. Why have a tablet then. Sometimes it is a choice to make something larger. I personally prefer a screen that is a little larger.

It is hard to see a difference between the 4S and 5 in photo quality. My feeling is that the Lumia 920 will be a superior camera especially in low light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 15:51 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Coolpix S800c Android camera first look article (103 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: An "A" for effort, it was an idea that had to be tried.

Digital cameras with capacitive touchscreens and fluid "smartphone-like" menu navigation are long overdue. I'm just not convinced this "compact camera + iPod touch" hybrid is what people were waiting for...

So you have already conceded that Android is an Apple product.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2012 at 21:07 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix S800c Android camera first look article (103 comments in total)
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benjicon: I think Apple missed the boat with this one.. I cant imagine Pentax, Sony, or Canon wanting to partner with them .. Maybe Olympus would like too as a kind of life line ..

I dont see how adding functionality to a device can be a negative thing. Point and shoots are a good platform to test on, more and more recently I have cursed my phones camera quality and wished I had a decent camera with an internet connection and apps so I can upload better quality images sooner.

Personally I think its a great idea, given a little time and refinement it will develop into something we all end up benefiting from, the obvious plus to a mobile OS is that you can incorporate tried and tested internet and network solutions, be it mobile data or wifi, also a huge amount of useful apps, imagine Flickr, Facebook or Photobucket, shoot photos, immediate upload to online account, could even shoot with out on board storage. About time this pushed ahead.

Don't worry Apple will find a way to claim it as their own and sue everybody. But not necessarily in that order. And the faithfull will follow.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2012 at 21:00 UTC
On Nokia 808 Review: Damian Dinning of Nokia Responds article (214 comments in total)

Manufacturers often respond to criticisms but usually in a political way. This is however a well informed technical response from a design team that has considered a lot of variables. Kudos to Nokia.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 01:46 UTC as 51st comment

Micro 4/3 cameras of today have better resolution than the full frame cameras at the last Olympics. They are also much better in low light situations.

The SLR fanboys would have told you how amazing those cameras were at the last Olympics, but now they are saying cameras with better performance are not up to the job.

SLRs still focus more quickly but the gap is narrowing.

The only area of significant difference would be the depth of field. I don't understand the theory but apparently f1.8 on a micro 4/3 is equivalent to f3.6 on a full frame as far as DOF is concerned. In some cases this would benefit the smaller camera and sometimes the larger.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 22:49 UTC as 67th comment | 3 replies
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PerL: He would be better of with a Nikon 3200 or the cheapest Canon rebel DSLR.
But I am sure he will be able to fight the camera and get some good shots, and some poor people actually will believe that m43 are as good as pro DSLRs.

Maybe I am seeing the comparison images incorrectly. I am assuming that this will have the same image sensor as the OMD. From what I can see the OMD is clearer than both the cameras you mentioned. If you put some good glass on it I don't see why you should get very good results.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 21:41 UTC
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